Thursday, June 28, 2007

New at CARL: The occupation of Iraq : winning the war, losing the peace

Book description excerpted from Publisher's Weekly:
"Allawi, until recently a senior minister in the Iraqi government, provides an insider's account of the nascent Iraqi government following the American invasion. His scholarly yet immensely readable exposition of Iraqi society and politics will likely become the standard reference on post-9/11 Iraq. It convincingly blasts the Coalition Provisional Authority for failing to understand the simmering sectarian animosity and conflicting loyalties that led Iraq into chaos. Beginning during Saddam's reign, among the motley gang of liberal democrats, Islamists and Kurdish nationalists that formed the opposition-in-exile, of which Allawi was a prominent member, he chronicles the fortunes and aspirations of the political parties, personalities and interest groups that now are tearing Iraq apart."

Related podcasts: Allawi discusses the growth of the insurgency and explores the complex relationships among Sunnis, Shias and Kurds. He also discusses his blueprint for peace and reconstruction in Iraq in this University Channel podcast from February, 2007

Carnegie Council interview with the author Ali Allawi on 11 April 2007.

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